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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Godiva, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster 11 Years

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    you can raise together without there being bullying problems? I am thinking that I may end up having a few different hatches once I start hatching and I was wondering if all those chicks can be raised together or if I need to separate them until bigger... anyway, sny tips would be appreciated!
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Depends a bit on the birds and the age of the youngest. 4 weeks apart when they are 14 weeks and 10 weeks isn't that big of a deal, but day olds and 4 week olds is.

    Since you are hatching sucessively, I say about 3 weeks is all you want to do, since they will have a different temp requirement. Just let the newborns have their own brooder for a few days or so so they can get up onto their feet, before popping them in with the older ones. Keep the range within a month though as some chicks chould easily smush the younger ones.

    However, I have done up to 4 weeks difference, but the oldest one was just a lone chick so was happy and just fine having a bunch of week olds running around.
     
  3. Godiva

    Godiva Songster 11 Years

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    Great that gives me an idea! Thanks Silkiechicken, hopefully I can co-ordinate the whole lot into even closer range than that but that gives me a ball park to aim for.
     

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